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Inclusive Brewing: EEB’s Efforts to Expand the Community

Inclusive Brewing: EEB’s Efforts to Expand the Community

Why Inclusivity Matters in the Brewing Community

As the brewing industry grows, it is important to address the lack of diversity within it. Historically, brewing has been a male-dominated field, and people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community have not been given the same opportunities to enter and succeed in the industry.

But why is it important to have a more inclusive brewing community? For one, it will lead to more innovative and interesting beers being created. When there is a diversity of perspectives and experiences, new ideas can be shared and incorporated into brewing techniques and recipes.

Additionally, having a more diverse and inclusive brewing community opens up opportunities for growth and economic development. By welcoming a wider range of people into the industry, there are more customers to be reached, and more creativity to be fostered. Successful, inclusive breweries can also serve as a model for other industries on how to create a welcoming and equitable workplace.

Introducing the Equity in Brewing Project

The Equity in Brewing Project (EEB) is a nonprofit that seeks to promote equity and inclusion within the brewing industry. Founded in 2018, the EEB is based in Portland, Oregon, and has already made significant strides in opening doors for underrepresented groups.

One of their initiatives is the Fresh Fest Collaborative, which brings together Black-owned breweries, beer writers, and beer enthusiasts from across the country to celebrate Black-owned business and create new beer styles. This festival provides a platform for Black-owned breweries to increase their visibility and grow their businesses.

The EEB has also formed a mentorship program to provide support and guidance for those who are interested in entering the brewing industry, but may not have the same resources or connections as others. The mentorship program pairs aspiring brewers with experienced industry professionals who can offer advice and help with networking.

The Importance of Language and Representation

Another important aspect of creating a more inclusive brewing community is addressing the language and representation used within the industry. Terms like “craft beer” and “microbrewery” have historically been associated with images of white, middle-class men, excluding others from feeling represented or included in the community.

By addressing this language and representation, the EEB is working to make the brewing industry more accessible and welcoming to all. This includes recognizing and celebrating the contributions of diverse groups, as well as creating new language and terms that are more inclusive and accessible.

Moving Forward

The work of the EEB is just the beginning of a larger movement towards inclusivity and equity in the brewing industry. It is important that other breweries and industry professionals follow their lead in creating a more welcoming environment for all.

This includes diversifying their staff and leadership, engaging with and supporting underrepresented groups, and actively working to address biases and prejudices within the industry. By creating a more inclusive brewing community, we can promote innovation, economic growth, and a better society for all.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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